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Kayaker and cyclist die in separate tragedies

A young Dublin canoeist and a pedestrian in Ranelagh have lost their lives in tragic accidents.

A 21-year-old Dublin man died after getting into difficulties while on a kayaking trip with friends in Wicklow yesterday. He was pronounced dead early today at Tallaght hospital.

And this morning, a pensioner in her late 60s who was walking near a Lidl supermarket in Ranelagh in Dublin died after she was struck by a reversing lorry. The accident happened this morning in the Ranelagh Road area around 10am.

The kayaker who died was with in a group of seven on the River Inchavore when he was swept away by strong flood waters.

Members of the group searched frantically for the man in the rain-swollen river which flows into Lough Dan in the Wicklow Mountains.

The young man was from the Baldoyle-Sutton area of the city.

The victim may have been unconscious underwater for approximately 45 minutes before he was found by his friends, according to a spokesperson for the Dublin coastguard.

Eventually he was pulled from the water and two of his fellow kayakers performed CPR for 15 minutes before rescue services arrived on-scene.

At least three distress calls were made to the Dublin Coastguard at around 3.50pm.

Helicopter Rescue 116 was dispatched from Dublin airport to locate the group and arrived on-scene within half an hour.

Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue were also called to the scene and arrived with newly trained swift water technicians. Light was beginning to fade when the rescue helicopter managed to locate the distressed group when they spotted people along the riverbank.

A winchman was lowered from the helicopter and the victim was hoisted aboard the aircraft. Two of his friends who had been performing CPR were also taken aboard the helicopter and treated for possible hypothermia.

CPR continued to be administered to the young canoeist but he was pronounced dead shortly after midnight.

Karl Dunne, general manager of Canoeing Ireland, said: "It was a terrible tragedy and the thoughts sympathies of all involved in canoeing in Ireland are with the young man's family".